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Smoked Crab Cakes

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Active time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 15 mins

Serves 4


  • 3 cups applewood chips
  • 1 pound fresh jumbo crabmeat, picked clean
  • 1 pound fresh crab claw meat, picked clean
  • 20 round buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Tartar Sauce
  • <p>Tartar Sauce</p>

How to Make It

  1. Place applewood chips in center of 1 (18-inch) square piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bring up sides of foil over wood chips; double fold top and side edges to seal, making a packet. Pierce several holes in top of packet.

  2. Preheat a gas grill to medium (350°F to 400°F) on one side, or push hot coals to one side of a charcoal grill. Place applewood smoke packet, with holes facing up, directly on lit burner or hot coals.

  3. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Gently stir together jumbo crabmeat and crab claw meat; spread mixture on prepared baking sheet.

  4. Place baking sheet over unlit side of grill. Grill crabmeat, covered, 30 minutes. Remove crabmeat, and cool completely on baking sheet, about 15 minutes.

  5. Stir together crushed crackers, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, parsley, dry mustard, and eggs in a large bowl until well combined. Gently fold in smoked crabmeat, and shape mixture into 8 (1-inch-thick) crab cakes.

  6. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium. Add 4 crab cakes, and cook until golden, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining oil and crab cakes. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with Tartar Sauce.